Posts Tagged ‘Mu’adh bin Jabal’

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Mu’adh bin Jabal رضي الله عنه asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم “O’ Messenger of Allah, what is the best deed?” Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلمsaid, “The best deeds are that you love only for the sake of Allah and dislike only for the sake of Allah. You engage your tongue in the remembrance of Allah.” So the companion asked, “What else, O’ Messenger of Allah, is the best deed?” He صلى الله عليه و سلمsaid, “What you desire for yourself, you desire for other people and what you dislike for yourself you dislike for other people and you say something good otherwise remain silent.” [Musnad Imam Ahmad]

Lessons to be learnt:

1) The concern of Companion رضي الله عنه is shown by the question he asked RasuluLlah صلى الله عليه و سلم

2) Loving for the sake of Allah سبحانه وتعالى brings in many benefits to a person:

a) Allah will shade him/her on the Day of Judgement

b) He/she tastes the sweetness of Iman

c) He/she will be on high seats of light on the day of Judgement

d) All of his/her sins will be forgiven by Allah سبحانه وتعالى

e) Allah will love that person

(all are mentioned in sahih/hasan ahadith of Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم )

3) Also loving for the sake of Allah means that a believer is abiding by the covenant he has made with his Creator which if he hadn’t done, he would have been a faasiq

4) Disliking for the sake of Allah سبحانه وتعالى means disapproving or opposing what Allah سبحانه و تعالى does not like. For example, committing a sin must be an act of disapproval for a Muslim because it is what Allah سبحانه و تعالى dislikes.

5) Engaging one’s tongue in the remembrance of Allah سبحانه وتعالى is one of the easiest acts a Muslim can do. It does not require a person to do wudhu but if someone is in major impurity (i.e. he/she is junub) then a ghusl (bath) is a prerequisite to do dhikr. Nor does it require a specific place or any type of action. A person can do dhikr anywhere except places that are filled with najas (impurity).

6) We can also understand the thirst which the Sahabah رضي الله عنه had for gaining knowledge that the scholar of this ummah Mu’adh bin Jabal رضي الله عنه once again asked the same question to get more pearls and gems from the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم

7) The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلمis commanding Mu’adh رضي الله عنه and all the Muslims that we must be just with all the people by desiring and disliking for oneself what one would desire or dislike for others.

8) Being just for the sake of Allah سبحانه و تعالىin this way instigates love between the two people for His sake only and thus they get the reward of the people who love each other for Allah سبحانه و تعالى‘s sake too.

9) Saying something good otherwise keeping silent is a quality of the one who believes in Allah سبحانه و تعالى and the Last Day as mentioned in a hadith narrate by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “… Whoever believes in Allah سبحانه و تعالى and Last Day should speak good or remain silent.” [Sahih AlBukhari]

10) This way of dealing in one’s speech saves him/her from saying something that might result in displeasure of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and finally going to Jahnnam

And indeed, Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.

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Mu’adh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه on Knowledge

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

Excerpted from works by Ibn Taymiyyah and Abu Nu`aim

The Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam said about Mu`aadh ibn Jabal: “Verily, when the people of knowledge will be present before their Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, Mu`aadh will be one step ahead of them.” [Saheeh, Ibn Sa`d, Aboo Nu`aim, at-Tabaraanee]

He, sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam, also said about Mu`aadh: “…the most knowledgeable of them [my Ummah] about the lawful and the prohibited is Mu`aadh bin Jabal…” [At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Hibbaan, ibn Maajah, al-Baihaqee, al-Haakim, who declared it Saheeh, and adh-Dhahabee and al-Albaanee agreed with him.]

Ibn Taymeeyah writes in al-Wasiyyah: “Part of Mu`aadh’s excellence further is that the Prophet, sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam, sent him to the people of Yemen as a preacher on his behalf, a caller, a teacher of understanding in the Deen, a giver of religious verdicts, and a judge.”

This is Mu`aadh, radhiAllaahu ta`aalaa `anhu, to whom the Prophet, sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam, also said: “O Mu`aadh! By Allaah, truly I love you.” [Aboo Daawood, an-Nasaa’ee, ibn Hibbaa, Aboo Nu`aim, Ibn Khuzaimah and al-Haakim, who declared its isnaad to be saheeh, and adh-Dhaabee agreed]

Aboo Nu`aim reports some sayings of Mu`aadh himself about the excellence of knowledge, among which we find the following:

“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions.”

“Through knowledge, Allah, blessed be His Name, raises some people in rank, and He makes them leaders in righteousness and models in morality. The vestige of their faith is avidly sought, their deeds are emulated perceptively, and people will seek and sanction their opinions solicitously and unequivocally. The heavenly angels seek their company and anoint them with their wings, every fresh or withered life they pass by implore Almighty Allah to forgive them their sins, even the fish in the oceans, the beasts of the lands and every bird of prey and migratory bird pray and solicit the mercy of Almighty Allah on their behalf. This is because knowledge revives the dead hearts and drives them out of darkness into light, and because knowledge is the light of the inner eyes that cures one’s blindness and restores his inner sight.”

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